New York, NY – 800 pounds of M&M’s can be found at Elliot Stevens, located inside the famed Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue in NYC. But don’t try to eat any, because even though they look good enough to eat they are actually a sculpture made of Yule marble (28″h x 15″w x 20″ d), carved by Brooklyn artist Robin Antar.
The 800 pound bag of M&M’s took artist Antar a year to sculpt and polish to perfection. It sits on a base measuring 18” high by 15” wide by 20” deep.
The contemporary sculpture is for sale, along with the artist’s other pieces of iconic American products that look so real, the result is a staggering and challenging trompe l’oeil for the viewer: is it a sculpture, or is it the real thing?
They include carved marble life-like sizes of a tube of Crest® toothpaste, a bag of Milano® cookies, and a pair of boxing gloves (carerra marble). Additional works in her collection include a Skechers’ logger boot, a pair of Diesel jeans and jacket, a bottle of Heinz® Ketchup, a bottle of Chateau Haut-Brion champagne, & much more.
This collection of modern sculptures are among the many icons of American culture that comprise the unique works of NY artist Robin Antar, recipient of numerous awards including: the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, the Gold Medal of Honor from The Allied Artists of America (for Milano® cookies) and recently the Gretchen Richardson Award for carved sculpture from the National Association of Woman Artists, NYC. In addition to these awards, Antar was also named in the Best of American Sculptors 2007 and 2010 editions.
Last month Ms. Antar recently sold her collection of sculpted “footwear” to Atlanta-based collector and philanthropist Todd Zeldin for an undisclosed amount.
This mother of three sculpts visual duplications of the products of our culture in her studio, where one will find thousands of pounds of raw rock awaiting her transformation.
Antar’s works have appeared in exhibitions at museums, galleries, corporate offices and universities, ranging from the City Museum in St. Louis, to the Nabisco Corporation Gallery, to New York University and the Madison Avenue windows of men’s retailer, Paul Stuart. She has appeared on HGTV’s That’s Clever, where she transformed a block of stone into a life-like boot.
Elliot Stevens is located at the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue at 49th Street in NYC. For additional information consumers may call the store at 212-355-8333.